I’m currently on my “journey” of limiting my social media. I must say, it’s quite refreshing to not know what’s going on with the world. It’s like a breath of fresh air to know that I don’t have to stalk someone else’s life and see who has the best gym body. It’s nice to not wonder who’s liking my pictures and if my crush watched my story. It’s nice to not care who thinks what of me.
I’ve taken “trips” away from social media, because of my constant distractions. I would find myself wasting a lot of time. For one, I would spend 30 minutes in my car, on SnapChat, lip-syncing to rap songs, or writing paragraphs on Instagram, telling the world how depressed I was. It was so bad, that I had to step away. Why? I felt like I was losing a part of myself, wasting time, and building up my anxiety.
However, the problem with not wanting to be on social media is that in this day and age, it’s essential for business. As a young woman in the entertainment industry, who acts, hosts, and writes, social media is a huge part of my business. Social media is essential for building my brand, in some aspect.
I’m sure you’re wondering, hmmmm, how can I use social media and still be productive? Here are some ways that helped me manage my social media time.
- Keep Track of Your Time– Don’t assume your time on social media, know it. I’ve given myself a 3 hour limit in one day for social media use. If I’m being honest, I usually spend at least 8 hours a day on social media, and I began to realize that it was a problem I had to address. There are apps for social media management, including In Moment, Offtime, and more.
- Post and Leave– Post whatever it is you’re going to post, and then walk away. It’s done. Don’t go back to check who’s watching you and who’s liking your pictures. You are given people too much power when you rely on their validation. Post what makes you happy, and be content with just that. If you have work you want to share, including music, videos, a blog, or whatever it is, post it, without seeking validation.
- Connect With a Purpose– If you want to reach out to someone, do just that. Of course, life is about networking and building relationships. Know your objective and pursue that. There are plenty of ways to network without mindlessly scrolling through your favorite rappers IG selfies.
- Learn Something- There’s plenty of useful information to consume, if you do your research. For someone who’s greatly into fitness, I will go and look at fitness models who post their workouts, and apply that into my gym routine. Perhaps if someone is posting their nutrition plan, I can take notes and apply it to my eating habits. Social media can be great for educating yourself, when needed.
- Get Used to “Missing Out”– Do you think your life will be better by knowing what who posted on Worldstar or Shaderoom? Do you think you’d be happier to see who’s throwing a party every weekend? We all fear “missing out,” but in reality, we are not missing out on anything. What we can do is create the life we want in real life, for ourselves. You want to be lit? Every day, do something that you can apply to your goals. Don’t miss our on your own opportunities by trying to keep up with everyone else.
- Have Discipline– It’s okay to be on Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook. You’re not a terrible person for posting a selfie here and there, or perhaps some memes. I’m not saying to completely shun it from your life. Be smart about it. Enjoy your time on social media, but know your limits. Recognize your bad habits and ask yourself, “Am I spending too much time on social media? Is it affecting me, mentally? Is it affecting my goals?” You control social media. Don’t let it control you.